UPDATED: Alcohol a factor in crash that killed Rantoul man
THOMASBORO — Alcohol played an apparent role in the death of a Rantoul man in a traffic crash in northern Champaign County early Saturday.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the victim as Eric L. Lowery, 34, of Rantoul.
Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Mr. Lowery was a passenger in a car that left Interstate 57 just before 2 a.m. and rolled over.
Northrup said Mr. Lowery was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:05 a.m.
Preliminary information is that driver of the car was headed north on I-57 near Thomasboro when he lost control, left the road to the right, and hit a guardrail. The car came back on the road and flipped, hitting a pickup truck as it overturned.
Traffic for northbound 57 was detoured about four hours as crash reconstruction specialists investigated.
Police said alcohol was a factor.
They have not released the name of the car driver, the other passengers or the driver of the pickup.
Air Life was called to helicopter the injured to an area hospital.